Raspberry Peach Crumble Cake | Swirls and Spice

Raspberry Peach Crumble Cake

I’m still craving warm rays of sun that peaches sweetly suggest.  A crumble cake with peaches on top just had to happen, with red raspberries for tartness and added colour.  Never mind that our early spring weather has been cool and blustery, with another chance of flurries still to come.  We will taste sunshine, served on a plate, as we continue to celebrate the hope … Continue reading Raspberry Peach Crumble Cake

Healthier Samoa Coconut Cookies

Healthier Samoa Coconut Cookies

If you have sweet potato haters in your midst, make these cookies.  Just don’t tell them what’s inside until after they take a bite.  The joke’s on them, because they’ll want to keep eating these chocolate-dipped coconut cookies with caramel topping no matter what you say. When it comes to boxed cookies, I thought my days of indulging in Girl Scout cookies were over as … Continue reading Healthier Samoa Coconut Cookies

Moroccan Carrots

Moroccan Carrots with Apricots and Almonds

The warm spices of Morocco can take the most common of vegetables and elevate it to exotic new heights. As fitting as these spiced carrots might be for a special occasion like Easter dinner, they are still quick and simple enough for a weeknight side dish. The subtle sweetness of dried apricots compliments the spice blend exactly right–no honey or brown sugar needed. This side … Continue reading Moroccan Carrots with Apricots and Almonds

Rainbow Tostadas | Swirls and Spice

Rainbow Tostadas

Ever since I spotted a colourful rainbow pizza by the Novice Gardener, I wanted to take that brilliant idea in a Tex-Mex direction.  At first I thought I would make chalupas, but then I found out that chalupas are shaped differently than I thought.  Tostadas are flat, whereas chalupas are traditionally shaped into bowl-like “boats” to hold the fillings. So to create rainbows it seems that, geometrically … Continue reading Rainbow Tostadas

Glass Noodle Salad with Cucumber and Sesame

Asian salads, with their tangy, light dressings and refreshing vegetables are nearly impossible for me to resist. I could eat one every day.  Here on Swirls and Spice I’ve shared several of my favourite salads, including Sesame Orange Napa Cabbage Salad and last week’s Sesame Black Bean Salad. This latest recipe is ultra light, thanks to the potato starch noodles which are filling but low in calories and carbohydrates. … Continue reading Glass Noodle Salad with Cucumber and Sesame